The Meadows School educates visionary artists, scholars and arts and communications professionals prepared to create sustainable and transformative impact on both local and global society. Our goal, as a comprehensive educational institution, is to prepare students to meet the demands of professional careers. We are also committed to providing an ongoing opportunity for all SMU students to grow in the understanding and appreciation of the arts. A leader in innovative community engagement programs, Meadows challenges students to make a difference locally and globally by developing connections between arts entrepreneurship and social change.

Your gift to the Meadows School of the Arts enables us to continue to educate world changers. Please make your gift to Meadows today.

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The Meadows School educates visionary artists, scholars and arts and communications professionals prepared to create sustainable and transformative impact on both local and global society. Our goal, as a comprehensive educational institution, is to prepare students to meet the demands of professional careers. We are also committed to providing an ongoing opportunity for all SMU students to grow in the understanding and appreciation of the arts. A leader in innovative community engagement programs, Meadows challenges students to make a difference locally and globally by developing connections between arts entrepreneurship and social change.

Your gift to the Meadows School of the Arts enables us to continue to educate world changers. Please make your gift to Meadows today.

Current-Use Priorities

SMU Fund for Meadows

Gifts to the SMU Fund for Meadows address the most immediate and pressing funding priorities for the school and are allocated at the discretion of the Dean of the Meadows School of the Arts. Examples include graduate student stipends, faculty research grants, technology upgrades and instrument maintenance and repair.

Scholarships

Scholarships are essential to attract and retain the most artistically- and academically-gifted students from around the world. The Meadows Scholars program targets high-achieving undergraduate students who continually raise the standard of excellence for all Meadows students. Diversity scholarships benefit students from underrepresented ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds and foster a vibrant and inclusive artistic community.

Meadows Museum Acquisitions

The Meadows Museum holds the largest and most important collection of Spanish art outside of Spain. Acquisition gifts help strategically grow the Museum’s permanent collection. All gifts to the Meadows Museum Acquisitions Fund are matched dollar for dollar by The Meadows Foundation, Inc. The Museum is currently raising funds to acquire Mariano Fortuny’s stunning Beach at Portici, 1874.

Ignite Arts/Dallas

Ignite Arts/Dallas brings the passion, artistic talent and technical skill of Meadows students and faculty into North Texas communities. Gifts support ongoing artistic programs and partnerships, special performances and exhibitions as well as other opportunities to nurture and inspire arts in our community.

National Center for Arts Research (NCAR)

A joint venture between the Meadows School of the Arts and the Cox School of Business, NCAR is leading a transformation in arts and cultural communities nationwide. By leveraging big data from across the industry, NCAR provides arts leaders with critical insights to overcome challenges and increase impact. Gifts fund research positions and the distribution of NCAR findings to key audiences.

Capital Priorities

Owen Arts Center Renovation

The Owen Arts Center (OAC) is the primary hub of activity for the Meadows School of the Arts. The sprawling facility contains seven public performance venues, multiple galleries and studios, the original Meadows Museum and the Hamon Arts Library. It also houses classrooms and administrative offices for seven academic divisions. A $34 million initiative will modernize all four floors of the north side of the OAC from Hillcrest Avenue to Bishop Boulevard and create and improve academic spaces for the visual arts, art history and creative computation. Exterior entrances to the OAC will likewise be transformed into grand, welcoming and accessible spaces.

Corporate Communication and Public Affairs (CCPA) Renovation

Recently, CCPA evolved its curriculum and brand to address the future of communications. To facilitate the new curriculum, SMU Meadows is seeking to raise $2 million by December 2017 to renovate key spaces in the Umphrey Lee Center, which houses CCPA classrooms and offices. The renovation plan includes a state-of-theart digital war room; a fully equipped boardroom for student presentations, seminars and meetings; a student lounge; offices for mustangconsulting; and enhanced classroom space.

Endowment Priorities

Meadows Museum Director of Education

As the leading center for the study of Spanish art outside Spain, the Meadows Museum seeks a $2 million endowment for the Director of Education position. The endowment will ensure strong leadership of the Museum’s education and outreach efforts in perpetuity. The Meadows Museum annually hosts thousands of visitors, teachers and students at symposia, lectures, workshops, gallery talks and private tours.

Alessandra Comini Center for Art History

Endowing the Department of Art History in honor of beloved University Distinguished Professor of Art History Emerita Alessandra Comini will solidify the program’s future as the region’s premier center for teaching and research in the visual arts while also raising its national and international profile. Funds generated by a $2.5 million endowment will support faculty research, graduate student fellowships and student travel awards.